Teleprompter Rental Hartford
Bill – 917-414-5489
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- Presidential Prompter
- Confidence Monitor
- EyePrompter/iPad Teleprompter
- Podium Prompter
- Wireless SteadiCam Teleprompter (AutoCue) & Jib/Slider Teleprompter
- The Ear Prompt aka In Ear Teleprompter
Standard Teleprompter Rental (AutoCue)
This is the basic, standard professional “through-the-lens” teleprompter. It is sometimes referred to as an Autocue, Telescript or Prompter People unit. The setup is elementary. Our prompter is placed on the tripod and your camera sits on the sliding 15mm rods of our prompter plate. The talent reads the text by looking directly at the lens.
Undoubtedly you’ve planned sufficient time for rehearsal. At this point, our operator will customize the type size and speed to best fit the needs of your lead actor.
Consider screening the “Top Ten Teleprompter Tips” video to your talent before the actual day of shooting. It can be found in the footer below. Many producers have found it useful. They’ve told us that they saw a discernable difference in the delivery. It literally gave the performers more self-confidence and resulted in a much more relaxed, convincing reading.
You will be given the operator’s contact information in advance so you can communicate with each other. We ask that you provide the copy on a flash drive or send it by email. The operator will then load and format it on the computer and be ready to go. We are aware that some producers need to work on the copy up to the last minute. At times, changes are made even during the event itself. Our operators are flexible and resourceful. Major alterations to the script are best made at rehearsal.
10 Hour Day
Overtime – $65 per hour
Delivered and operated by a skilled professional.
Tolls and a mileage charge of .56 cents per mile will be added. Prompters are delivered free of charge within the city.
Interrotron Mark III Rental (Director’s Unit and Talent Unit)
The Interrotron Mark III is comprised of two distinct units:
The Director’s Unit is all inclusive: camera, lens, tripod, hood, mirror, mounting plate and a professional 16 X 9 camera monitor. It can accept any signal your camera outputs (HDMI, HD-SDI, Component, Composite). The director not only is “face to face” with the talent directly through-the-lens but can, therefore, simultaneously evaluate framing, exposure, depth of field, focus, color saturation, etc.
The Talent Unit is built on a modified, professional teleprompter platform. The standard VGA definition teleprompter monitor is replaced by a large 16 X 9 full HD monitor. It is sized to display a human face in the correct proportion. Our sliding 15mm, double gold plate mounting system will easily accommodate any camera and, if desired, also support your zoom lens.
Each unit comes with its very own rolling Pelican case and will be delivered by a trustworthy, trained technician. He/she will set up and operate the device and then once your shoot is over repack and return both units.
Delivered with an experienced technician.
($65 hr OT after 10 hrs)
The Mark II unit was invented by Errol Morris, the Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, who used his Interrotron to get great “face to face” interviews with famous, but non-professional talent. Actually, his wife coined the word Interrotron which is a combination of the words “Interview” and “Terror”.
The Mark III rig is especially useful with children. Telling a child to “keep looking into the lens” is most often an exercise in futility. But when kids see a smiling human speaking to them from in front of the lens they are naturally drawn to that face. It’s just human nature.
The unit also serves to relax the talent. This is especially true with those not used to being in front of the camera.
The Interrotron not only saves shooting time (think $$$$) but often gets the best response on the first take. That’s why top commercial directors prefer the Mark III.
Interrotron Mark II
This is basically just a teleprompter that can accept a video signal from a second camera. It is not the real ‘Errol Morris invention” . but can serve to calm the talent by allowing them to see the face of the director or interviewer in front of the lens. It does not allow the “face to face” more intimate communication possible by the Marl III or the EyeDirect described below.
It does not come with a director’s unit or second camera or professional camera monitor.
Delivered with a professional, experienced operator.
Your other option, particularly if you are traveling or if on a very tight budget, would be to consider the EyeDirect.
This popular device functions like the full Mark III in that both director and talent can see and interact with each other while preserving perfect eye line. A “face to face” rapport with the talent is established. Often, producers will shoot with the full Mark III in a major city such as New York or Hollywood and then take the smaller, highly portable EyeDirect on the road with them.
To see images and learn more about the EyeDirect click here.
Price: EyeDirect $250 day / $750 weekly.
It weighs 30 lbs in its custom-fitted rolling Pelican case and is just a bit larger than an airline carry-on bag.
We can ship it to you anywhere in the world.
The EyeDirect functions like the standard Mark III Interrotron in that both talent and director are able to see each other “face to face” and can judge body language as well as speech all the while allowing the talent to maintain perfect eye contact with the lens. To learn more about the EyeDirect just click on the tab in the top menu.
Like the Mark III, this unit relaxes the talent who see a human face rather than the cold eye of the camera.
The unit comes in a custom fitted Pelican case which protects it while being shipped. The case weighs just about 29 lbs and is just a bit larger than the typical airline carry-on bag.
The case has a retractable handle and wheels to ease transportation.
Price $250 day / $750 week
Presidential Teleprompter Rental (aka Speech Prompter)
The Presidential Prompter is the standard device of choice.for speaking to an audience from a podium. Chances are you have seen these in action on TV. Every President since Dwight D. Eisenhower has used one.
It consists of two glass panels on thin steel rods which are positioned on either side of the podium. The audience can see right though the clear glass so the speaker’s face is not blocked from view. But the speaker can clearly see his/her text reflected in the two-way mirrored glass form their vantage point behind the podium. For this reason, the device is sometimes called the “invisible teleprompter”.
We have prompted for every President since Gerald Ford with our Presidential Prompters and highly experienced, professional operators. We are regularly called to the United Nations to prompt for visiting Heads of State. Recently, we prompted for Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. It was a fascinating experience.
It is essential that a highly experienced operator set up and use this device as in virtually every case your event is live. This puts pressure on the operator to get it right and to be ready when Murphy’s Law kicks in and there is some unexpected problem. Our skilled operators carry a backup laptop because, let’s face it, on rare occasions the computer may fail. Especially at a live event, a backup is not simply a good thing it is essential.
Additionally, the operator must be totally familiar with the software and be able to incorporate any changes to the script instantly. If the performer were to digress and tell a joke or react to a member of the audience or to ad lib for any reason, the operator must remain calm and handle the situation in a calm, deliberate manner. Dealing with the unexpected is part of the job.
For more information, as well as images of the Presidential Prompter, click on the tab at the top menu above.
Pair Delivered with a Professional Operator.
Rise and Fall “Robotic” Presidential Prompter Pair
Occasionally, there will be a need for several speakers to share the same podium at a live event. They may be of varying heights so that the teleprompter might have to be adjusted up or down for each individual. Having an assistant rush out onstage to adjust the height is not a desirable way to handle this.
Enter the Rise and Fall Presidential Teleprompter. In rehearsal, our operator sets the height of the two glass “paddles” for optimum comfortable reading level for each speaker. Then during the live event he/she can adjust the prompter height, robotically, as it were, from a nearby location unseen by anyone.
This unit is available in New York and San Francisco, but can be shipped to other cities. As an example, our NYC robotic prompter has served Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Nantucket, Newark, Atlantic City, Hartford, Westchester and the Hamptons.
Price: $1295 Rise and Fall “Robotic” Teleprompter
Pair Delivered with a Professional Operator
Now there are cases where in spite of the fact that the Presidential Prompter is virtually invisible, the speaker still does not want the audience to suspect that he/she is using a teleprompter. In that case, we recommend a “Podium Prompter”. This consists of a thin “high bright” professional prompter monitor placed directly on the podium. The wires are dressed inconspicuously down the inside of the podium and over to the operator hidden offstage.
Note: as the Presidential Prompter is in two large rolling Pelican cases and the Podium Prompter is in one small briefcase, it’s cost effective to ship the podium prompter for venues where budget is an issue or if the local operator is not totally familiar with the more complex Presidential Prompter setup. A local operator can easily connect the device (it’s a professional camera monitor with HDSDI, BNC, HDMI, Component and Composite inputs). It has a VGA converter, just in case. The Podium Teleprompter is available in NYC and Hollywood but can be shipped anywhere.
Price: $645 Podium Teleprompter
Delivered with a Professional Operator
While speakers most often stand behind the podium, some prefer to roam about the stage and occasionally venture out into the audience. In these cases we recommend using one or more confidence monitors. These are flat screen HD monitors which receive a teleprompter signal.
The size and number of monitors varies depending on the venue and preference of the client.
Typical configurations are:
Two 19″ Monitors.
Delivered with Operator, Computer & Software.
$95 per additional Monitor
Price: $645 One 32″ or 36″ monitor on a low black stand.
Delivered with Operator.
$125 per additional unit
Large screen 42″ to 90″ Monitor mounted on large rolling stand.
Delivered with Operator.
Please call 212-219-1075 for prices
It’s common for most speakers to stand behind the podium. Although some speakers liker to walk around the stage and at times actually move out into the audience itself. In cases like this we suggest you use one or more of our confidence monitors. These are small, “flat screen” HD monitors which can receive any receive signal form a teleprompter .
The size and number of monitors varies depending on the venue and preference of the client.
Typical configurations are:
Price: $745 Two 19″ Monitors Delivered with Operator, Computer & Software ($95 per additional Monitor)
Price: $745 One 32″ or 36″ monitor on a low black stand delivered with operator. ($125 per additional unit.)
Large screen 42″ to 90″ Monitor mounted on large rolling stand delivered with operator.
Price: Please Call 212-219-1075
Check out the confidence monitor page for more information as as well as images of the units by clicking on the link in the top menu above.
iPad Teleprompter Rental/EyePrompter Rental
We have experimented with virtually every type of iPad prompter and, frankly, we are not in love with any. The text is just not easy to control. And the key to a good prompter experience is the confidence the talent has that the text is going to keep up with him or her. If they speed up, the text flow must speed up, if they slow or stop the text must follow suit.
The iPad is just not great at this. There is a way to control the iPad with an iPhone via Bluetooth but I have never been satisfied with it working dependably.
However, the best iPad prompter we have seen is the EyePrompter. It is one piece, folds flat so it fits in a small briefcase (great for shipping) and unfolds ready for action in literally one minute and eleven seconds. I timed it.
It sits on a small light stand or low C-stand (typical 750 studs) not included. We do supply the adaptor. This means that you can use any camera, from a small prosumer camcorder to a huge professional rig with a very long lens.
Add an additional $25 if you need the iPad and software.
Note: this unit is not delivered and does not come with an operator. It can be picked up and dropped off in Manhattan and Hollywood.
Podium Prompter (Podium AutoCue)
The Podium Prompter is a thin teleprompter monitor placed on top of the podium out of sight of the audience. The cable is dressed down the inside of the podium and out to the operator offstage.
The speaker just glances down at the top of the podium as if he were simply glancing at notes and then returns his/her gaze to the audience.
This is the most “invisible” of the prompter types for a live performance.
$645 – 10 Hrs
Delivered and operated by a professional prompter operator.
Wireless SteadiCam Teleprompter (AutoCue) & Jib/Slider Teleprompter
This unit is not available in all locations and is custom built.
Please call Bill 917-414-5489 for more information re availability and pricing.
The Ear Prompt aka In Ear Teleprompter
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Jonathan Taylor – Hartford Speech Coach
Jonathan Taylor attended the New York Film Academy and received a degree in Acting. He moved to Hartford with his wife Nancy and has been a speech coach since 2013. He has produced several short films and documentaries, in which he uses his speech coaching skills to make talent appear more comfortable in front of the camera.
Wilma Toddson – Producer at Hartford Office
Wilma Toddson has produced, directed and shot over 20 short films. She is now head of operations in the Hartford Office and works closely with NYC and New Jersey staff to make sure all shoots run smoothly. She enjoys spending her free time learning new things and is currently teaching herself how to knit sweaters.
Nolan Martin is the Hartford teleprompter operator and director of photography. Nolan has shot everything from commercials to music videos to PSAs to short films. He enjoys spending his time caring for the office dog, Leo and has joined Wilma in the endeavor to knit sweaters.
Leo is a gentle dog who loves to cuddle the office staff members. He can be found lounging around the office with his favorite chew toy.
That’s me, Meredith, pictured below. I am a Production Office Coordinator and Teleprompter Operator.
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